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Re: “Witness The Cutest Baby Elephant at The Reid Park Zoo

Another wild animal with a natural range of 2000 miles born to 6 acres.

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Posted by Yes Bob on 08/23/2014 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Danehy

What on earth does the Governorship of Arizona have to do with the President?

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Posted by Yes Bob on 08/23/2014 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

In theory, the Common Core Standards make sense seeking to provide educational content and teaching motivating students to dig deeper and demonstrate new proficiency in the limited subject matter at hand. And theory is fine until placed into practice without aggressive in depth professional development of the teachers who will be held accountable for student learning on these tests; tests that have never been subjected to the rigor of standard research into their reliability and validity.

Even in the doubtful case that this research is ever conducted establishing the testing as reliable and valid, the results themselves should never be used to punish teachers without adequately controlling for factors beyond those teachers and administrator are proven capable of effecting positively.

Bush and Obama have again attempted to transform public education to the perennially discredited factory model, a model abandoned each time it's been hawked as "the solution" to poor performance. They have raised the stakes based on a perception that the US is failing to keep pace with other nations, i.e. we are facing a National Emergency. Both have stopped just short of declaring a "War on Failure to Learn" and establishing an Education Czar" (although Duncan appears to chafing at the bit for that crown).

Worse yet, for over a decade testing has dominated classrooms and negatively effected our students classroom lives while creating an atmosphere of fear and loathing among our teachers.

Walt Disney's Davey Crockett advised "Be sure you are right then go ahead." That advice should have been considered before embarking on yet another crusade, this time unleashing an army of private educational buccaneers/snake oil salesmen on our schools.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/23/2014 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Here's a Chance to Laugh At/With the Tucson Weekly's Editor

Now that there is funny....

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Posted by Rat T on 08/23/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Judgment Day

Republican supporters in the Chamber of Commerce love the fact that illegal immigrants can be exploited, paid sub minimum wage, and will never complain or join a union out of fear of deportation. Tea Party Republicans want to deport virtually all illegal immigrants. There are a lot of Tea Party votes in CD1. The compromise all three of these candidates have come up with would allow employers who hire illegal immigrants to continue to exploit them. Without citizenship the residency status of these immigrants will always be tenuous enough to make them fearful of organizing or even complaining.

If illegal immigrants are going to be given legal residency status there needs to be a path to citizenship or everyone's standard of living will be driven even lower. If it becomes legal to hire those who were illegal immigrants, but the former illegal immigrants are fearful of joining unions or otherwise demanding better wages, I see us moving to third world status here in Southern Arizona. The real irony is that the ones who will be hammered the most by this situation are the low-wage white workers who are the backbone of the Tea Party in Arizona. They have no real advocate among these three candidates. If they knew how to figure out their own self-interest they might be persuaded to vote for Ann Kirkpatrick.

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Posted by Marty on 08/22/2014 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

When NY State implemented Common Core standards and tested students on tests based on those standards before the curriculum to teach those standards had been used in classrooms the student scores were a lot lower than they had been. Middle class parents in wealthy suburbs of NYC complained. Duncan's response was, "Maybe your children are just not as smart as you thought they were." That one response created more animosity towards the common core among parents who vote and make political donations than any single other event in the political back and forth over the Common Core standards. The truly awful way Common Core was implemented in New York was a real turning point. Teachers, who are now evaluated based in significant part on student test results, turned from supporters of the common core to opponents. The two national teacher unions were forced by their members to back away from supporting the Common Core.

By making federal NCLB waivers and Race to the Top federal grants dependent upon adoption of the Common Core Duncan also violated federal policy and possibly federal law. His actions gave Republicans more ammunition to attack overreaching by agencies of the Obama administration. If you like the Common Core you have to acknowledge that Duncan's role has been counter-productive. If you hate Common Core you have to be thankful that Duncan has antagonized several major constituencies in the education community. All this shows that President Obama should have picked a real educator, such as Linda Darling-Hammond, instead of a political hack who happened to be one of his basketball buddies as US Secretary of Education.

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Posted by Marty on 08/22/2014 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Media Watch

Clear Channel, owner of KNST, uses the tagline "More Stimulating Talk Radio" on KFI, its powerhouse talker in Los Angeles. So it's not surprising CC is sticking that tag on a sister station.

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 08/22/2014 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Media Watch

In Ferguson a veteran police officer was suspended for posting a racist video on social media, as well as his bragging on oath keeper membership, one has to wonder why do folks shoot themselves in the proverbial foot for no valid reason other than their inability to control their emotions or personal beliefs?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/22/d…

Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/22/2014 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Schools, Society And Snake Oil Salesmen

David, do you consider Barack Obama to be "conservative"? He helped launch Democrats for Education Reform in New York City in 2005, and it's almost impossible to calculate the damage he, Arne Duncan, and his cohorts in the Democratic Party have done to public education through his Race to the Top program. And, would you consider Ted Kennedy, RIP, to be "conservative"? He claimed credit for No Child Left Behind till the day he died, and before he died, he campaigned to have it reauthorized AS IS.

I simply don't understand why you keep talking about "the conservative proponents of the reform/privatization movement." There's no doubt that a good chunk of conservatives are behind the privatization agenda (like Chris Christie, who said Obama was an only-Nixon-can-go-to-China moment for education reform), but a good chunk of liberals are, too (especially the liberals who absolutely refuse to deal with Obama's education reform agenda in public).

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Posted by Jon on 08/22/2014 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

Dave, I heard the program and admire your restraint. For most of the calls there is a short answer: the court order to pay what state law requires to be paid has nothing to do with the debate on how the districts spend the money. However, you do a very nice job countering on the issues raised by callers.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 08/22/2014 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

..."the state should at least get credit for paying more than was required during the flush years of the early 2000s."

More than required? How great were those results? Funding , even to excess, does not improve education.

They must look inside for the answers.

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Posted by Rat T on 08/22/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “The First Elephant Calf Born at Reid Park Zoo is Finally Here

Elephants have complex social, psychological, and physical needs that cannot be met in captivity. In the wild, elephants wander acres of land per day and have intricate social organization. You can see from the picture above that these elephants are standing on hard concrete covered in a layer of dirt. This artificial type of enclosure causes many health problems and requires that they be on painkillers, etc.

Zoos are keepers of elephants. Their lifespan is much shorter in captivity than in nature and no offspring born in captivity has ever been released to the wild.

There are several credible elephant sanctuaries that are non-profit and do not breed or sell their animals. There are also organizations that work to preserve and protect habitats. These groups deserve the support of the public, not zoos.

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Posted by bangles on 08/22/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “The First Elephant Calf Born at Reid Park Zoo is Finally Here

Fabulous news. A great zoo with a great reputation. By breeding African elephants in human care, we are helping the continuation of these magnificent animals.

Posted by Susan on 08/22/2014 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Witness The Cutest Baby Elephant at The Reid Park Zoo

No, actually Henry just left out a comma and a few words. He meant to write "so that leaves Jim, and I would like to be included as well."

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Posted by David Safier on 08/22/2014 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Juice and Stuff

since when does the volume of a sandwich or dish have ANYthing to do with it tasting good?? Answer when inarticulate reviewers use innocuous details in a review

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Posted by laddderflappy on 08/22/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Witness The Cutest Baby Elephant at The Reid Park Zoo

"...so that leaves Jim and I..."

Me, Henry. The pronoun you want here is ME.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 08/22/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Schools, Society And Snake Oil Salesmen

Thank you Francis. That makes sense.

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Posted by Rat T on 08/22/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “And in Response, Tucson Creates a Bill Murray Day

he visited a UA basketball game a few years ago when his son was on the coaching staff...

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Posted by phaedrus on 08/22/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Judgment Day

Judgment Day! I venture come judgment day many republicans will be arguing with Jesus when he says I know you not, when Jesus did I see you poor, hungry, naked or sick and in prison? When you saw the least of these you saw me, I know you not! God will not even look upon them and the whining, crying, gnashing of the teeth and claw will be eternal!

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/22/2014 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Here's an Article About Chimichangas Designed to Make You Angry

SF, Portland and Seattle USED to be great cities.

Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 08/22/2014 at 12:23 PM

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